James Lindsey as seen on a security camera.
James Lindsey as seen on a security camera. (Courtesy)

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A North Carolina pastor was arrested and charged in nine armed robberies, according to recent reports.

John Thomas Lindsey, a pastor at True Love Church of Refuge, was arrested Wednesday, along with another suspect.

John's wife, Prophet Delisa Lindsey, founded the Charlotte-area church in 2005.

"We, the leadership and membership of True Love Church of Refuge, are deeply saddened and disappointed that our leader and brother, John Thomas Lindsey, is facing charges associated with criminal activity. Though we denounce any involvement he may have had, we love him and will continue to pray for him. The ministry will continue to stand strong despite the latest allegations and will continue to preach the gospel of the kingdom," the church said in a statement.

Security cameras recorded John robbing multiple stores, including four Circle Ks, two Sam's Marts, two 7-Elevens and a Family Dollar. 

Fernando Carillo-Hernandez, the other suspect, appears to have no connection to the church.

Jessilyn Justice is the director of online news for Charisma. Born and raised in a pastor's family in Alabama, she attended Lee University and the Washington Journalism Center. She's passionate about sharing God's goodness through storytelling. Tell her what you think of this story on Twitter @jessilynjustice.

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